A Research Fellow with the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Dr Riggs (pictured above right) was one of eight young researchers honoured.
The Tall Poppy awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. The awards are held on a state-by-state basis to celebrate researchers across science, engineering and mathematics.
Dr Riggs co-leads the Refugee and Migrant Research Program within Murdoch Children's. Her expertise lies in the area of refugee health and her 2011 PhD research looked at child oral health inequalities in refugee and migrant communities.
She continues to build upon this work and strives to ensure her research makes a real and meaningful difference in the communities involved, and to health services and government policy.
“In my PhD research I worked with communities from Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan to explore traditional oral health practices and child oral health more broadly. I loved working with these communities and hearing their voices about issues affecting them whilst also building research understanding and capacity in the community,” said Dr Riggs.
The Tall Poppy Award marks another impressive milestone in Dr Riggs’ career. In 2012 she was honoured with a Health Promotion Early Career Award by the Public Health Association of Australia and in 2008 she was honoured as Postgraduate Student of the Year by the Australian Health Promotion Association’s Victorian Branch
“I’m very excited about this opportunity as I will be participating in education and community outreach programs as a role model to inspire school students and the broader community about the possibilities of science,” said Dr Riggs.
Over 500 young scientists have been honoured nationally since the awards were established in 2000.